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What skin conditions can be treated with Phototherapy PUVA?
Phototherapy PUVA is used to treat skin conditions that cover large areas of the body where topical creams have not been successful.
Skin conditions such as; Psorasis, Eczema, Dermatitis, Mycosis fungoides and Vitiligo can be treated with Phototherapy PUVA, your dermatologist will recommend this treatment if they think it may be suitable for you.
Does it hurt?
What happens during the Phototherapy PUVA treatment?
An oral drug called Psoralen is taken one hour before treatment. If this is not possible then a bathing system or topical psoralens can be applied. During the treatment, patients will wear UVA protective goggles and must avoid exposure to sunlight for 24 hours after the session has ended. Clothing only needs to be removed from the area being treated.
The length of each treatment session varies depending on the severity of the skin condition being treated, it involves huge commitment from the patient as some treatment sessions can last anywhere from a few seconds to several minutes.
For more information, view our Phototherapy PUVA patient information guide.
How many sessions are required?
UVA treatment is given 2-3 times per week for about 12 weeks but this is dependent on the severity of your skin condition and also the treatment plan that you and your Consultant Dermatologist will discuss and agree on.
Once the course of sessions has finished, the patient may need maintenance therapy which involves attending one phototherapy session per week.